Boomkat Product Review:
Windsor for the Derby's debut album 'Calm Hades Flesh' was originally released 10 years ago in 1996, but Secretly Canadian have given those of us who missed it first time around another chance to taste the band's spacey post-rockisms and find out exactly where they started with this timely reissue. One for fans of Slint and very early (Ten Rapid-era) Mogwai, the band on this album aligned themselves strongly with the then 'space rock' scene; droning guitars, repeating patterns layering over each other, haunting ambience. The scene seemed to arise and die very quickly, leaving post-rock's posterboys Godspeed, Mogwai and Sigur Ros to pick up the pieces and in some cases ignore the scene totally, Windsor for the Derby would later find post-millenial success with their album 'The Emotional Rescue' and it's followups, but it was here where the band first showed promise. It's especially nice to listen to this album now as I don't think the space rock sound has dated too much, it never really broke out into the mainstream, rather just sat and bubbled away on it's own, so it still sounds beautifully experimental and reminds me of times spent listening to 20 minutes of the same guitar loop buried in masses of distortion - the good old days eh? Maybe it's time 'Calm Hades Flesh' got the recognition it deserved a decade ago.